On the heels of a walk-off home run hit by Chase Headley at Yankee Stadium Thursday night, the New York Yankees remain hopeful that they will be playing playoff baseball this time next month. New York sits four games out of second place in the American League Wild Card, trailing just Detroit and Seattle for the final playoff spot. They will host the AL Central-leading Royals for three games in the Bronx this weekend as each game becomes exponentially more important. According to TiqIQ, the season average for Yankees tickets on the secondary market is $118.60 and all but one game during this weekend’s series will have an average ticket price of $186.57, 57% above the season average. The Yankees will honor Derek Jeter in a pregame ceremony on Sunday, which will serve as the second most expensive game of the remaining season, behind Jeter’s final regular season game at Yankee Stadium on September 25.
9/5 James Shields vs Michael Pineda | Avg. Price: $56.90 | Get-in: $7
The series begins tonight when Michael Pineda takes the hill for the Yankees against Royals pitcher James Shields. The average secondary price for Friday’s Yankees vs Royals tickets is $56.90, the cheapest game of the series at 60.2% below the season average, with a get-in price of $7. Pineda enters Friday’s game with a 3-3 record and 2.09 ERA in a season that has been plagued with suspensions and injuries. The righty Shields is 12-7 with a 3.38 ERA this season and has been the arguable ace amidst the success the Royals have had all season long.
9/6 Danny Duffy vs Brandon McCarthy | Avg. Price: $80.72 | Get-in: $15
Former Diamondback Brandon McCarthy will start for the Yankees against Danny Duffy on Saturday. The average price for Saturday’s game is $80.72 on the secondary market, 43.6% below the season average, with get-in price starting at $15. McCarthy has gone 5-4 with a 2.80 ERA since being acquired from Arizona in July. Daffy has struggled all season long, posting just an 8-11 record and 2.42 ERA.
9/7 Yordano Ventura vs Shane Greene | Avg. Price: $296.75 | Get-in: $59
Derek Jeter’s ceremonial game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday will be one of the most expensive home games of the season on the Yankees schedule. The average secondary market price for Sunday’s Yankees vs Royals tickets is $296.75, 107% above season average, with a get-in price of $59. As Derek Jeter plays his final games in a Yankee uniform, secondary ticket prices continue to rise. Greene is 4-2 with a 3.88 ERA this season while Ventura looks to improve his 11-9 record and 3.38 ERA on Sunday afternoon.